Learn to Play & Love Pickleball

Pickleball Rules to Know - Pickleball Paddle Alterations

by Stacie Townsend

Pickleball Rules to Know - Pickleball Paddle Alterations | Pickler Pickleball

Did you know that there is a very limited list of ways that you can alter, or add to, your pickleball paddle? This limited list of ways is set forth in Rule 2.E.5 of the 2020 Official Rulebook for USA Pickleball and includes the following:

  • Adding edge guard tape (which is generally used to protect your edge guard from nicks and scrapes that inadvertently occur during play or transport);
  • Adding lead tape (which will add weight to your paddle);
  • Changing the grip size or adding a grip wrap; and
  • Adding name decals or other identification markings on the paddle face.

All decals and tape must remain within 1 inch (2.54 cm) of the top of the grip and within 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) of the edges of the paddle (whether the outer edge or the edge guard). Handwritten markings (which are limited to pen markings, and not other "aftermarket" graphics) are allowed anywhere on the pickleball paddle, but such handwritten markings cannot impact the roughness of the pickleball paddle and must be in "good taste."

Have you altered, or added to, your pickleball paddle? Did you follow Rule 2.E.5 of the 2020 Official Rulebook?




Stacie Townsend
Stacie Townsend

Author



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Pickleball Blog

John
John "The People's Champ" Davison Revs It Up On and Off the Pickleball Court

by Stacie Townsend

What I always find interesting about pickleball players is learning who they are and what they do off the court. I can't tell you how many times I have been surprised at how multi-faceted and how multi-talented the person across from me at the pickleball net really is. Now, let me tell you about the multi-talented John "The People's Champ" Davison...

Read More

Time-Out or No Time-Out? | Pickler Pickleball
Time-Out or No Time-Out?

by Stacie Townsend

Did you know that there is an entire section of the 2020 Official Rulebook for USA Pickleball that is devoted exclusively to time-outs? Get the scoop on the standard time-out in pickleball, as well as offer some advice of when and how to use a time-out on the pickleball courts!

Read More

Pickleball Is the Ultimate Family Activity | Pickler Pickleball
Pickleball Is the Ultimate Family Activity

by Stacie Townsend

As the saying goes, families that play together, stay together! Especially, when they play pickleball together! Learn why pickleball is the ultimate family activity!

Read More